NEW YORK — The Jimmy Buffett musical will make its world premiere next year somewhere nice and warm — the La Jolla Playhouse in California.
Producers said Wednesday that the show, which combines Buffett’s blend of rock and country tunes with an original story by writers Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley, will start grooving onstage on May 16, 2017.
Buffett has had hits with such beach-bum classics as “A Pirate Looks at Forty,” ”Margaritaville,” ”Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise.”
The new musical is described “as the story of a part-time singer, part-time bartender, and fulltime good ol’ boy named Tully who suddenly finds himself in uncharted territory — falling in love with a beautiful, career-minded tourist.”
Playhouse artistic director Christopher Ashley, the director of the Tony-winner “Memphis,” will direct the still-untitled show. The producers of the musical are Frank Marshall, Mindy Rich, Anita Waxman and Beth Williams.
Garcia is the creator of TV shows including “My Name Is Earl” and “Yes, Dear,” which O’Malley also starred in.
Buffet and Marshall — the producer of such films as “Back to the Future” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” — teamed up to create Parrothead Productions, which helped produce such Broadway shows as “Big Fish” and “Doctor Zhivago.”
La Jolla Playhouse has been home to many big shows, including the musicals “Jersey Boys,” ”Thoroughly Modern Millie,” ”Cry-Baby,” ”Bonnie & Clyde” and “Hands on a Hardbody.”
Old David Bowie library poster reissued
NEW YORK — The library community also loved David Bowie.
The American Library Association told The Associated Press on Wednesday that it has reissued a popular Bowie READ poster from 1987, part of the association’s program of using celebrities to promote literacy. The $18 poster shows the rock star in school gear, jeans and a lettered jacket, and ever in motion as he holds a copy of Dostoevsky’s “The Idiot.” Bowie, an avid reader, died last month at 69.
Others who have posed for READ posters include Bill Gates, Orlando Bloom and Seth Meyers.
Pussy Riot releases video mocking prosecutors
MOSCOW — The Pussy Riot punk provocateur band is punching back at the Russian government.
The collective has released a music video that scathingly mocks Russian law enforcement agencies, in which Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and fellow band members perform in Russian prosecutors’ blue uniforms.
Tolokonnikova told independent Dozhd TV that the video, called Chaika, was inspired by a documentary exposing alleged wrongdoing by Russia’s chief prosecutor, Yuri Chaika.
The film, released by an anti-corruption group led by opposition leader Alexei Navalny, claimed that Chaika’s sons benefited from his position and that they had ties to the underworld. Chaika has rejected the accusations.
Judge finalizes Hilary Duff’s divorce
LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles judge has finalized Hilary Duff’s divorce from former NHL player Mike Comrie.
The judgment, which was first reported Tuesday by celebrity website TMZ, was finalized on Thursday.
The 28-year-old singer and actress starred in the “Lizzie McGuire” television series and film and stars on the TV Land series “Younger.” Comrie played professional hockey between 2000 and 2011, ending his career with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Duff and Comrie were married in August 2010 and separated in January 2014. They have a three-year-old son together and will share joint custody.
The judgment states the pair had a prenuptial agreement and Comrie is giving up rights to their home in exchange for a $2.4 million payment from Duff.